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Taken from IMDB:
Jimmy, the owner of a failed music shop, goes to work with his uncle, the owner of a food factory. Before he gets there, he befriends an Irish family who happens to be his uncle's worst enemy because of their love for music and in-house band who constantly practices. Soon, Jimmy finds himself trying to help the band by getting them gigs and trying to reconcile the family with his uncle, an avid music-hater, all while winning the heart of the beautiful Molly! Stars James Stewart, Paulette Godard, Charles Winninger.
This movie is part of the collection: Comedy Films
Director: George Marshall
Producer: James Roosevelt
Production Company: United Artists
Audio/Visual: sound, black & white
Keywords: Comedy; Musical; Romance
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Jimmy may not have liked it
...but I thought him so perfectly cast in this film that it seems as if the screenplay was written just for him. As reviewer 'phoesho' wrote on IMDb, "James plays the person he does best, namely himself."
To expand the IMDb description just a bit, Stewart's character, Jimmy Haskell, becomes entangled in a feud between his uncle and the Irish family that owns a boarding house right next door to his uncle's factory. The uncle's superficial complaint is that the swing band that is always practicing there disrupts business (his offices face their boarding house), but the real issue is that he wants the property so that he can expand his factory, and they will not sell at his price.
Jimmy gets sucked in when he throws a rotten tomato at his uncle's assistant, who is siccing the police on the family—the assistant ducks just in time for the tomato to hit Jimmy's uncle right in the kisser. This endears Jimmy to the family and boarders, and they practically adopt him. A comedy of divided loyalties and dissimulation ensues, where Jimmy tries to keep his uncle from discovering who threw the tomato, and the Irish family and their musician boarders from discovering his identity as a Haskell, the nephew of his uncle.
The plot revolves around a radio program the uncle produces, "The Happiness Hour," and around the hot-tempered and impulsive Molly, who stirs up plenty of trouble for Jimmy, and for her own family and their boarders. Jimmy keeps his good nature through it all, and continues trying to help. Molly comes to realize that she is wrong about him, and begins to fall in love. There are enough twists and turns to keep the story interesting, and to provide plenty of material for comedy. It may be corny, but I found it to be sweet corn, a forget-your-troubles movie for troubled times.
This is a "quasi-quasi" sort of film, an odd mix of genres. It contains many musical numbers, including a "big production" one, complete with elaborate costumes, staging, and choreography—but it does not really strike me as being a musical, at least not in the grand style of MGM and Paramount. For one thing, it tells a story, and the focus is on telling it, while the stories in the grand musicals were more often just thin vehicles for tying the musical numbers together. Intelligently enough, the script does not call for Jimmy to do any real singing; his job is to drive the story, while other cast members take care of the music. He may have complained as quoted in another review, saying "What idiot of a producer convinced a director to make a movie where I have to sing and play musical instruments?" but a blurb on the IMDb trivia page for this film reveals that he continued with playing the harmonica after he was done making the movie.
It all comes down to personal taste, and comedy is more difficult than other genres, being that humour is more fickle than other senses. I loved it, and I hope you will, too.
Subject: Jimmy Stewarts "Worst" Film
In an interview Jimmy Stewart once said that this was the worst movie he ever made. "What idiot of a producer convinced a director to make a movie where I have to sing and play musical instruments?"
Fun little romp of a movie. Of course, the rating was made with this in mind!
Subject: Average Movie
Not exactly great, but not bad. Does seem a little aimless, but the pacing is decent. Cast is strong though.
In fact, the cast is strong enough to make this worth watching, along with the little cultural details, as another reviewer pointed out.
Subject: love you jimmy
this is not his best movie but it was ok.the only thing its got going for it is stewart.I give it 31/2 stars
Thinking about the entertainment aspect, I found this movie quite enjoyable. It's squeaky clean and much more respectable than most of the garbage created these days.
The small "cultural" points that come out, like the way the doughnuts were eaten, are especially interesting, I think.
If you James Stewart, big band era swing music, or silly musicals, this is worth at least one viewing.
James Stewart called it his worst film.
No argument here.
Inspired by a radio giveaway show, the idea of James Roosevelt, son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The film has everything a film like this needs to be good, but it fails just like the actual story it is based on.
Go ahead and watch it, you know you want to.
But i'm tellin' ya, it's corny.